Problem Solving for the Neck

with David Lauterstein

Presented live online: April 11, 2021
Sunday, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm (CST)

6 CE hours - $150

About the Workshop:


Neck pain and tension is one of the most common complaints of clients.  It is therefore tremendously important that therapists thoroughly understand the anatomy of the neck in and the sources for neck pain and tension. In this class, you will explore the neck through self-awareness.  Then you will be guided through lecture and palpation of the most important muscles and ligaments.

  • Levator scapula
  • Trapezius
  • Semispinalis Capitis
  • Rotatores
  • Deep suboccipital muscles
  • Nuchal and Intertransverse Ligaments
  • Sternocleidomastoid
  • Scalenes

Then we will learn evaluations through palpation and movement. You will see demonstrated systematic and through applications  deep massage fulcrums for all these muscles – utilizing effleurage, petrissage, friction, active and passive movement.

Given the palpation and hand-on techniques you will learn - It is required for this workshop that you have someone you can work on – at your home or office.  You will need this person for palpation 11:00-11:45 and bodywork 1:30-4:00.

Underlying all this will be an awareness that the pain and tension is “neuromuscular” which means the pain and tension is often generated by the nervous system and “ends up” in the muscles.  This reminds us that there must be a letting go in the mind – emotions and thoughts – for full relaxation to take place and the cessation of pain and tension.

Our goal is a neck in with pain has been replaced with pleasure, dysfunction with functionality and an overall improved experience of body, mind and spirit.

About the Instructor:


11.01.Web.StaffHeadshot.DavidDavid Lauterstein, LMT, MTI, Cert. ZB, TLC School Co-Founder, has been in massage and bodywork practice since 1977 and has become one of the most highly respected international educators in the massage therapy realm – inducted in 2011 into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame, honored as the 2012 recipient of AMTA’s Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year Award, and in 2013 by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education as “Educator of the Year.”  David regularly teaches in England and throughout the U.S since 1982. He is the author of the books, Putting the Soul Back in the Body: A Manual of Imaginative Anatomy for Massage Therapists, Life in the Bones: A Biography of Dr. Fritz Smith and Zero Balancing and The Deep Massage Book: How to Combine Structure and Energy in Bodywork. He is certified in Structural Bodywork, Zero Balancing and is a ZB Faculty member. His background prior to massage therapy was in philosophy and music composition (BA, U of Illinois, 1972). Click here to learn more about David, his books, and classes.